If I Watch Broad City, I’ll Finally be a Feminist

March 11, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

(By Matthew Jenkins-Mason, Female Ally, Potentially) Hey guys. So I’m sure you all have heard of this show called Broad City.


The 43 Best James Bond Characters Of All Time

March 05, 2015 / by / 16 Comments

Throughout the 23 Bond films made to this day, there has been an incredibly fascinating array of characters. Some of them are compelling, some of them are boring, some of them are accidentally cast as John Cleese.

Modeling the difference between a social gathering with and without the presence of YouTube videos.

Please Stop Playing YouTube Videos at Hangouts: An Empirical Modeling

February 19, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Last weekend, I spent a Saturday evening at a friend’s place. There were about 8 or 9 or so people there. It was fine. We had a few beers, talked about whatever. Then someone had the idea to play a funny YouTube video for everyone on the television.


The Death of Diem Brown

January 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

I first started watching The Challenge to make fun of it. Sure, it got to be more than that. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t become legitimately invested in the winners and losers – in the minutiae of the constant house drama.


On the Inevitable Scrutiny of Snow Aliens

January 07, 2015 / by / 3 Comments

In many ways, our culture is obsessed with the prospect of extraterrestrial life.

Snakes are the fucking worst. Fuck them.

Fuck Snakes

October 19, 2014 / by / 18 Comments

Can you think of anything worse than a snake? No, that’s not a rhetorical question. Try to answer it. Try to come up with something worse than a snake.

We did a better job than Gawker of ranking Kanye's album tracks

A Better Ranking of Kanye West’s Album Tracks

September 25, 2014 / by / 140 Comments

Last week, Gawker published a numerical ranking of every single Kanye West album track. It was horrible for several reasons: it didn’t offer a single explanation for any of its choices, it gave the totally decent “Never Let Me Down” the top spot and it ranked “So Appalled” dead last. I’m still reeling from the last one, and might never read Gawker again as a result.


Save Our High School History Curriculum–Stop Dedicating an Entire Goddamn Unit to the Gilded Age

September 25, 2014 / by / 242 Comments

The Jefferson County School Board in Denver, Colorado has come under heat recently for their controversial proposal to teach a history curriculum that is revised to bolster patriotic sentiments and faith in capitalism. Many people — myself included — are outraged.

Watching American Idiot explode as a fourth grader

When the Heart like a Hand Grenade Blew Up

September 20, 2014 / by / 10 Comments

Happy Green Day! Our National Ave writers celebrate the 10th anniversary of Green Day’s American Idiot by looking back on what the album meant in 2004. When American Idiot came out, I had just started fourth grade. The election was right around the corner and I was staunchly pro-Kerry for no reason other than the media I consumed told me that Republicans are evil (which, I suppose, I still think is true). The election, the Philadelphia Eagles, and music were the things I was most interested in at this time.

An expression of gratitude to a much maligned band and album

Thanks, American Idiot

September 20, 2014 / by / 27 Comments

Happy Green Day! Our National Ave writers celebrate the 10th anniversary of Green Day’s American Idiot by looking back on what the album meant in 2004. Sometime I can’t believe the early 2000’s actually happened.